From Stevie Wonder’s 1976 album ‘Songs in the key of life’, ‘Sir Duke’ topped the charts in the US in 1977. Written as a tribute to Duke Ellington, who’d died 2 years previously, the song contains references to many of the jazz greats.
Wonder said, ‘I knew the title from the beginning but wanted it to be about the musicians who did something for us. So soon they are forgotten. I wanted to show my appreciation’.
Arranged here in its original key, don’t let the key signature put you off – it’s all surprisingly under the fingers for players with a great unison ending.
Released in 1969, ‘I want you back’ is one of the Jackson Five’s biggest hits, and ranked 121 in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It has sold over 6 million copies, and in 1999 was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
It was originally considered for Gladys Knights & The Pips, and later Diana Ross, it became an anthem for the Jackson Five, played at all of their live shows, and considered by many to contain one of the best pop chord progressions of all time.
This version is perfect for weddings and parties, and is guaranteed to get the toes of the audience tapping – and the cellist.